I am Professor in Human Geography in University College London. My research interests lie in the politics of urban transformations in the global south, with a particular focus on the intersectionality of gender and citizenship. I am author of ‘The Illegal City: Space, law and gender in a Delhi squatter settlement’ (2012 Ashgate), co-editor of ‘Translocal Geographies: Spaces, places, connections’ (2011 Ashgate) and ‘Mega-urbanization in the global South: Fast cities and new urban utopias of the postcolonial state’ (2017 Routledge). I am author of over 30 articles in peer reviewed journals as well as two films ‘City bypassed’ and City forgotten’.
The map below shows Indian cities where I have worked.
I am also a publicly engaged scholar with a strong media presence and I am regularly invited to international lectures and keynotes including meetings of the UN at their headquarters in Geneva and New York.
I have a first degree in Architecture (Delhi), an MPhil in Environmental Design (Cantab.) and a PhD in Environmental Design and Planning (Arizona State University). Prior to entering academia, I practised as a chartered architect in Delhi and London.
Most of my publications are downloadable from the university repository here
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